I’ve been learning piano theory from a classical standpoint on-and-off for about 8 years of my life, and I feel as though I haven’t gotten anywhere.

I compose and improvise in my spare time, but I have little to no education and I feel as though I play the same things over and over again, due to the fact that I know nothing of chord progressions and/or improvisational techniques.

I have an appointment with a jazz teacher tomorrow, but I’d very much appreciate any tips and such on how to transition and grow, please! I’d still like to pursue composing and improvisational piano, thanks!

  • It's nearly a year on now. How did the lessons go? What would YOU now tell us are the differences between classical and jazz?
    – Laurence
    Commented Sep 2, 2018 at 14:44

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The first tip I can offer is to listen to the teacher you're seeing tomorrow!

But remember, theory is a set of descriptions, not a set of instructions. Work from the music. Listen, imitate, then (if you like) analyse.

  • The best way to learn jazz is to listen, apply, then analyze. Once you can analyze while listening, you've already done a big step. +1
    – Mafii
    Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 11:33

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